Supported Causes

2019 Beneficiary

Exceptional Care for Children


Exceptional Care for Children improves the lives of technology-dependent children and their families through skilled nursing, transitional and palliative care. We are a haven for healing fragile bodies when improvement is possible and a refuge for nurturing vulnerable spirits when a cure is unattainable.


ECC’s founder, Jeannine S. Winsness, RN, MSN, CRNP recognized that children were surviving
medical emergencies at higher rates due to the growth and advancement in the field of medical technology. While the live-saving measures and medical interventions had given children a chance at survival, the community systems and services had not caught up and, as a result, children with advanced medical needs were living in children’s hospitals across this nation. For these children, the chance for a childhood was out of reach.

In the spring of 2004, after careful consideration, the Founding Board of Directors approved a capital
fundraising effort. It was with great fortune that ECC found both the facility of its dreams, and a generous
benefactor, in very short order. Set within 7.7 tranquil acres, the existing facility was virtually perfect and lent itself well to being renovated into a homelike setting. In November of that year, Exceptional Care for Children purchased its campus in Newark, Delaware thanks to real-estate developer and philanthropist Jack R. Loew and his wife Patricia Burton Loew.

After raising more than $2.9 million for extensive renovations and working capital, Exceptional Care for
Children opened its doors in February 2006 as one of the first facilities in the country to provide transitional, long-term and palliative, or end-of-life care to pediatrics. Today, ECC is making strides in serving this population of children and is a home to up to forty-two children at any given time. ECC seeks to provide this residential opportunity in a homelike environment where more than just the medical needs can be addressed. ECC practices a multidisciplinary approach of caring for the whole child by providing social, emotional and development opportunities through daily therapeutic programming that includes onsite therapy, education, and enrichment therapy.



Any way we can raise awareness means additional essential funding and awareness for the nonprofits of Delaware with a specific focus on children and families in need!


On behalf of Duffy’s Hope, Inc., I would like to thank you so very much for your generous donations and ongoing support. Your donations mean that you understand just how valuable supporting the children, youth and families in the State of Delaware can be to ensure that educational goals are reached and dreams are made possible.

Again, thank you! The generous support of individuals like your foundation make it possible four our organization to exist and to make the community a great place to live one step at a time.

Best always,
Allen “Duffy” Samuels,
Founder / CEO

Duffy’s Hope provides intellectual, emotional and interpersonal growth opportunities for youths and families through advocacy, education, mentoring and community outreach. You may read the full letter from Duffy Hope to the Capano Foundation here.


List of causes the foundation has supported: (does not include organizations supported by other Capano entities)

  • Archmere Academy
  • B+ Andrew McDonough
  • Beau Biden Foundation
  • Best Buddies Delaware
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware
  • Brent Celek Foundation
  • Caesar Rodney Institute
  • Casa de Amma
  • Catholic Charites – Diocese of Wilmington
  • Charley’s Fund
  • Delaware Association of Police
  • Delaware Humane Association
  • Domangue Children College Fund
  • DSGA Scholarship Fund
  • Duffy’s Hope
  • Easter Seals
  • First Tee of Delaware
  • Jason Taylor Foundation
  • Kids Runway for Research
  • Little Sisters of the Poor
  • Make A Wish
  • Mary Campbell Center
  • Ministry of Caring
  • Robin Hood
  • Sons of Italy Foundation
  • Special Olympics Delaware
  • St Edmonds
  • The Everett, Inc.
  • The Kenny Family Foundation
  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation
  • The Ministry of Caring
  • The Rookery
  • The Tatnall School
  • West End Neighborhood House
  • Wilmington Public Safety Foundation
  • Wilmington Senior Center